The drive to eliminate malaria from Asia-Pacific feels stronger than ever as bilateral cooperation and peer support gather pace.
August saw 18 East Asia Summit Foreign Ministers affirming commitment to a malaria-free region by 2030. The consistent commitment by EAS Leaders and the implementors is translating to increased cooperation across borders.
India and Bhutan just held a major dialogue on cross border cooperation; Indonesia and PNG have a new MoU in place on this issue, as do Indonesia and Timor-Leste. From cross-border WhatsApp groups and workplans; high level agreements are translating into real cooperation on the ground, exactly what is required to eliminate malaria.
APLMA and APMEN continue to work with partners to build cooperation between nation states, experts and implementers. The APLMA Senior Officials’ Meeting and APMEN AGM in April provided the basis for an ambitious program of work brokering a range of new partnerships. This includes M2030, a brand and movement created by APLMA which has expanded significantly, engaging the influential private sector in the fight against the disease. In partnership with the Tahir Foundation, we were delighted to officially launch M2030 in Indonesia in August.
As our Board Director Dr Kamini Mendes reminds us, there is no room for complacency, but ending malaria globally within a generation will require that Asia Pacific demonstrates regional elimination is possible. Cooperation between endemic nations, and with the private sector are both pre-requisites and there are substantial reasons for optimism.
Dr. Benjamin Rolfe
CEO, Asia Pacific Leaders Malaria Alliance
Vietnam’s Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam called for the Asia Pacific Leaders Malaria Alliance’s support in sharing experience and personnel training to implement the roadmap of completely eliminating malaria in Vietnam and in the Asia-Pacific region by 2030. (Read more)
The Tahir Foundation and the Asia Pacific Leaders Malaria Alliance announced the launch of M2030 in Indonesia. M2030 is a movement that brings together businesses, consumers and health organisations in a unique partnership to support elimination. (Read more)
At the 9th East Asia Summit (EAS) Foreign Ministers Meeting in Bangkok on 02 August 2019, the Ministers restated their commitment to the goal of an Asia-Pacific free of malaria by 2030, and acknowledged ongoing efforts to implement actions highlighted in the Asia Pacific Leaders’ Malaria Elimination Roadmap, including the preparation of a 5-year progress report to the Leaders in 2020. (Read more)
Senior participants from Bhutan, India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Timor-Leste, Nepal and Malaysia gathered for a peer to peer learning and exchange. Together, they discussed common challenges and solutions related to malaria elimination and POR, including for sustained financing, as well as epidemiological, entomological and operational aspects. (Read more)
Supported by APLMA and the Global Fund, the meeting gathered key officials from bordering states of India and ditrict level officials from Bhutan. It focussed on sharing current malaria situation on both sides of the border, operationalising strategies for information sharing, aligning vector control strategies and establishing informal coordination mechanisms for rapid, real-time notification of identified malaria cases. (Read more)
At the 4th APLMA Senior Officials Meeting (SOM), leaders discussed the importance of fostering multi-sectoral collaboration, keeping the spotlight on malaria and convening a broad range of partners. (Read more
Cambodia demonstrates leadership and maintains a strong commitment to addressing the issue of Substandard and Falsified (SF) drugs. APLMA has actively engaged with the Ministry of Interior’s Cambodian Counter Counterfeit Committee (CCCC) and other stakeholders to advocate for efforts to curb the circulation SF products in the country. (Read more)
M2030, recently announced a range of new partnerships and initiatives in Myanmar and the region. APLMA applauds M2030 partners and thanks them for their support to end malaria once and for all.(Read more)
Early July 2019, the Global Fund announced the Malaria Elimination in Melanesia and Timor-Leste Initiative (MEMTI). Up to USD 25 million of funding for malaria programs in Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Timor-Leste has been earmarked through MEMTI. The MEMTI announcement follows the partnership, initiated in 2017, between the Global Fund and ADB supported by APLMA, for increased health financing.
The India Health Fund (IHF) recently launched the “Malaria Quest” to promote innovations and facilitate greater access, better quality of care and unite resources to address the complex challenges related to India’s efforts to eliminate malaria by 2030. (Read more)